FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 24, 2012
CONTACT: George Hazimanolis
PENNSYLVANIA SECURITIES COMMISSIONER
JOINS FINRA FOUNDATION AND AARP REPRESENTATIVES FOR PANEL DISCUSSION AT WQED
Trick$ of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud Screening & Panel Discussion
Thursday, May 31, 2012
10:15 a.m. WQED Multimedia
Elsie Hilliard Hillman Conference Center
4802 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
R.S.V.P. to 412-622-1512
PITTSBURGH—Investment fraud affects millions of Americans each year. On Thursday, May 31, at 10:15 a.m. at its Oakland location, WQED is holding a FREE screening of scenes from the documentary Trick$ of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud with an expert panel discussion to follow regarding investment fraud and prevention resources in partnership with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and AARP. This engagement opportunity is a follow-up to WQED’s statewide broadcast of Fighting Fraud in
Pennsylvania: A Statewide Initiative and Trick$ of the Trade on April 26th in partnership with the FINRA Foundation.
Panelists include: Vincent J. Gastgeb, Allegheny County Councilman and Pennsylvania Securities Commissioner; Christine N. Kieffer, FINRA Investor Education Foundation Senior Director; and Mary Bach, AARP Pennsylvania Consumer Issues Task Force Chair.
Reservations can be made through the WQED Events Line at 412-622-1521. Parking will be available in the WQED Visitors Lot located on the left side of the building. Light refreshments will be provided at 10:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Trick$ of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud is a documentary developed by the FINRA Foundation in collaboration with AARP. The program is presented by WQED Multimedia, and distributed by American Public Television (APT) to public television stations nationwide.
DVD copies of the program are available by calling (866) 973-4672 or by visiting
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 128 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high- definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and The WQED Education Department.
The FINRA Investor Education Foundation is the largest foundation in the United States dedicated to investor education. Its mission is to provide investors with high-quality, easily accessible information and tools to better understand the markets and the basic principles of saving and investing. The FINRA Foundation’s Investor Protection Campaign, online at SaveAndInvest.org, is a targeted effort to reduce the incidence of investment fraud among investors by teaching the tactics most commonly used by fraudsters and the simple steps every investor can take to reduce their risk.
AARP has 1.8 million members in Pennsylvania. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with nearly 35 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Pennsylvania Securities Commission (PSC) is the state agency regulating the investment industry. The PSC’s mission is to protect Pennsylvania investors from fraudulent and abusive practices in the offer and sale of securities. It has been a trusted resource for Pennsylvania investors since 1923 and offers publications, videos and programs to help investors understand how to evaluate investments and avoid becoming a victim of fraud. To learn more, go to 1-800-600-0007 or www.psc.state.pa.us.